The Mississippi Jury Verdict Reporter
The Most Current and Complete Summary of Mississippi Jury Verdicts
April 2011 Statewide Jury Verdict Coverage 2 M JVR 4
In This Issue Premises Liability - A family of injuries to this mold, including Darlington
(then age 3) who has complained of
Hinds County three alleged they suffered injuries
because of a leaky apartment – coughing, illness and scarring.
Premises Liability - $3,603,712 p. 1
Nursing Home Neg - Defense verdict p. 8 importantly, the father, a self- In this lawsuit, the Ohazurikes sued the
Lafayette County described inventor of Bible-based apartment complex and the management
Medical Malpractice - Defense verdict p. 2 board games alleged that millions in company alleging negligence in failing to
Federal Court - Jackson profits were lost when his proprietary maintain the premises. That included
Sexual Harassment - $874,502 p. 2 designs were destroyed both the failure to make repairs before the
Breach of Contract - Defense verdict p. 4 Ohazurike v. Parham Pointe South et al, water leak and then not replacing
Reverse Race Discrim - Defense p. 7 07-1234 mildewed carpet after it. It was the
Federal Court - Gulfport Plaintiff: J. Ashley Ogden and James plaintiff’s proof at trial that their many
Insurance Contract - $2,011,702 p. 3 W . Smith, Jr., Ogden & Associates, complaints and written requests for
Premises Liability - Defense verdict p. 7 Jackson repairs were ignored and sometimes
Federal Court - Oxford Defense: Jamie D. Travis, Page Kruger simply thrown in the garbage.
Promissory Estoppel - $200,000 p. 4 & Holland, Jackson for Parham Pointe The three plaintiffs sought damages for
M adison County South personal injury, Benny also seeking lost
Alienation of Affection - $80,000 p. 4 profits (of some $17 million) for his
Benny “Mac” May, Dunbar Monroe,
Harrison County damaged board games. It was the
Ridgeland for Ballard Realty
Auto Negligence - $5,740 p. 4 plaintiffs proof that his games were
Verdict: $3,603,712 for plaintiffs
Pearl River County market-ready and he had an order waiting
Auto Negligence - $25,000 p. 5
Judge: W inston Kidd for 60,000 units. Plaintiffs’ board game
Date: 7-16-10 expert was Jeffrey Chance, Hazlehurst.
Medical Malpractice - Defense verdict p. 5
Benny Ohazurike and his wife, Esther, Defendants disputed that there was
Federal Court - Aberdeen
moved into the Parham Pointe South water damage and suggested plaintiffs had
UIM - Defense verdict p. 5
Apartments in Jackson in 2001. They suffered no personal injury. Particularly,
Medical Malpractice - Defense verdict p. 6 lived there with their minor son, a company maintenance man went to the
Jackson County Darlington. The property is managed by apartment and could find no water
Auto Negligence - $20,000 p. 6 Ballard Realty. Important to this case, damage. [Plaintiffs countered that the
Lamar County Ohazurike is a designer of Bible-based water was 6 to 8 inches deep.] It was also
Breach of Contract - $61,833 p. 6 board games. W hile to date, Ohazurike argued that the damages related to the
Covington County hasn’t generated any profits from his board games were speculative.
Auto Negligence - Defense verdict p. 7 games, he has generated several valuable Diminishing the economic loss for
Pike County designs that were ready for the market. defendants was Jim Koerber, CPA,
Auto Negligence - $5,500 p. 8 Moving forward to 2007, the Hattiesburg.
Historical Mississippi Verdicts p. 8 Ohazurike apartment was plagued by a The jury’s verdict was for the
Notable M emphis, TN Verdicts p. 9 leaky pipe in their bathroom. For some Ohazurikes on liability finding the
Notable New Orleans Verdicts p. 10 six weeks they begged management to defendants solely at fault. [There was no
fix the leak. There was no fix. The apportionment between those defendants.]
problem escalated in May of 2007 when Then to damages, Benny took medicals of
the pipe burst and flooded the apartment. $2,208 plus $500,000 for suffering. His
Civil Jury Verdicts lost profits were valued at $2,000,000.
Benny’s blueprints and designs for his
Timely coverage of civil jury verdicts Esther took medicals of $253 and
games were destroyed.
in Mississippi including court, division, $500,000 more for suffering. Finally little
It was alleged that following the water
presiding judge, parties, case number, Darlington took medicals of $1,251 and
leakage, the apartment management was
attorneys and results. Notable results $100,000 for permanent disfigurement.
dilatory in repairing the damage. This
from Memphis, TN are also covered. His pain and suffering was $500,000 as
led to the development of mold and
mildew which spread through the well. The combined Ohazurike verdict
apartment. All three Ohazurikes linked totaled $3,603,712.